STARZ MUSICAL AUDITIONS! Come Join Our Theatre Family & Originate Your Role

STARZ MUSICAL AUDITIONS is almost here! My co-writer Frank Steele and I have worked very hard for nearly two years writing this show. Born out of a love for theater and performers, we’re delighted to premier the show April 19, 20, 21 at the Rialto Theater in Denison, Texas.

You can find more details about the audition at the DFWAuditions.com link here, or the Facebook audition event page here. 

Rehearsals run from Monday through Thursday–but, since the show is scene-driven, not all performers must be there every night. Do bring any conflicts to the Starz musical auditions so we can create a schedule that works with a majority of candidates.

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STARZ MUSICAL AUDITIONS NEXT WEEK!

Have you ever performed in a play? Or sung in a choir or band? Maybe you love to dance? Our STARZ MUSICAL AUDITIONS has something for everyone, for age 11 to adult and all experience levels. This family friendly show is a great opportunity for parents and kids to perform together! I’ve blogged about the show before at this link, where you can get further information, but here’s the quick rundown.

The overarching themes deal with fighting stereotypes, finding acceptance, and following your heart. The opening song, “MISFIT” has each actor explain why he or she is there:
“Maybe they don’t get it,
And we agree it’s clear.
With them, I am a misfit,
But I’m normal when I’m here…”
 
The song “FIT THE SUIT” deals with trying to live up to others’ expectations, that one has to look or act a certain way to be cast in a given part (or FIT IN with society). That translates to everyday life, too, don’t you think? Sometimes it takes a great deal of bravery to simply BE YOURSELF, and in the play, the characters each learn not only to embrace their own foibles, but also support each other and celebrate that success comes only when everyone works together toward a common glorious goal. The title song in STARZ musical speaks to that:
“Together we’re better,
Be generous, Friend.
No solo is “solo”
When all of us wins!”

THEATRE, FOR THE REST OF US!

The breakdowns (descriptions) of all the characters along with song samples and the script are available on this facebook group–simply ask to join. By workshopping the show through performance, playwrights learn what is successful, can edit and change what doesn’t work, and make the production more successful–the creative partnership between performers and audience is vital!

In fact, actors and technicians who work on this production have a hand in the final shape of the script, and development of the characters. We so much appreciate these efforts that we plan to “gift” each company member with a final version of the script, which will include the cast/company photo and names as the premier production. How often does that happen in your theatrical opportunities? *s:

NORTH TEXAS, THEN THE WORLD

We’re premiering the snow in North Texas, and will then offer to license the work to other groups who would like to perform our Starz musical in their community or regional theaters, schools or other venues.

Find out more about SHOJAI & STEELE PLAYS here. On that same page, you’ll find links to the working script already available on amazon, along with the piano/vocal score. We’ll be performing the music with a pre-recorded CD of the full orchestration, and hope to make available a cast recording–once we have a cast!

Will YOU be part of the cast? Join the STARZ family!

Have you ever been part of a premier production? If you’re an artist/performer, how did you come to your passion? Do tell! Join the newsletterto get updates about this show and other productions.

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Stages of Puppy Development: Birth to Two Years

Puppy development is fascinating, and one of the most popular dog topics. Did you ever wonder about the stages of puppy development? Look no further, I’ve got you covered!

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Newborn puppy yawning. Images courtesy of DepositPhotos.com

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Did you get a new baby for the holidays? Wondering about care or behavior tips? I’m celebrating all the new furry family members, and sharing an excerpt (below) from my book, COMPLETE PUPPY CARE.

Dogs are considered puppies from birth to one year of age and go through several puppy stages and development periods. However, each dog develops differently, with smaller dogs tending to mature earlier and some large breeds not physically mature before they are two years old.

Newborn puppies vary in size depending on the breed; tiny dogs like the Chihuahua produce puppies sized about four inches long, while giant breed newborns like Great Dane puppies may be twice that size. Rate of puppy development also varies from breed to breed. For instance, Cocker Spaniel puppies open their eyes sooner than Fox Terrier puppies, and Basenji puppies develop teeth earlier than Shetland Sheepdog puppies. However, no matter the breed, all puppies are born totally dependent on the momma dog, technically called the bitch.

Newborns

At birth, puppies are blind, deaf and toothless, unable to regulate body temperature, or even urinate or defecate on their own. Puppies depend on their mother and littermates for warmth, huddling in cozy piles to conserve body temperature. A puppy separated from this warm furry nest can quickly die from hypothermia—low body temperature. Cold, lonely puppies cry loudly to alert Mom to their predicament.

Puppies first experience the sensation of being petted when washed by their mother’s stroking tongue. The bitch licks her babies all over to keep them and the nest clean, and also to stimulate them to defecate and urinate.

Neonatal Period: Birth to Two Weeks

From birth, puppies are able to use their sense of smell and touch, which helps them root about the nest to find their mother’s scent-marked breasts. The first milk the mother produces, called colostrum, is rich in antibodies that provide passive immunity and help protect the babies from disease during these early weeks of life.

For the first two weeks of life, puppies sleep nearly 90 percent of the time, spending their awake time nursing. All their energy is funneled into growing, and birth weight doubles the first week. Newborns aren’t able to support their weight, and crawl about with paddling motions of their front legs. The limited locomotion provides the exercise that develops muscles and coordination, and soon the puppies are crawling over and around each other and their mother.

puppy growthTransitional Period: Week Two-to-Four

The second week of life brings great changes for the puppy. Ears and eyes sealed since birth begin to open during this period, ears at about two weeks and eyelids between ten to 16 days. This gives the furry babies a new sense of their world. They learn what their mother and other dogs look and sound like, and begin to expand their own vocabulary from grunts and mews to yelps, whines and barks. Puppies generally stand by day 15 and take their first wobbly walk by day 21.

By age three weeks, puppy development advances from the neonatal period to the transitional period. This is a time of rapid physical and sensory development, during which the puppies go from total dependence on Mom to a bit of independence. They begin to play with their littermates, learn about their environment and canine society, and begin sampling food from Mom’s bowl. Puppy teeth begin to erupt until all the baby teeth are in by about five to six weeks of age. Puppies can control their need to potty by this age, and begin moving away from sleeping quarters to eliminate.

Socialization Period: Week Four-to-Twelve

Following the transitional phase, puppies enter the socialization period at the end of the third week of life; it lasts until about week ten. It is during this socialization period that interaction with others increases, and puppies form attachments they will remember the rest of their life. The most critical period–age six to eight weeks–is when puppies most easily learn to accept others as a part of their family.

Beginning at four weeks of age, the bitch’s milk production begins to slow down just as the puppies’ energy needs increase. As the mother dog slowly weans her babies from nursing, they begin sampling solid food in earnest.

The environmental stimulation impacts your puppy’s rate of mental development during this time. The puppy brain waves look that of an adult dog by about the 50th day, but he’s not yet programmed–that’s your job, and the job of his mom and siblings. Weaning typically is complete by week eight.

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12 week old Newfoundland puppy

Week Eight-to-Twelve

Puppies often go through a “fear period” during this time. Instead of meeting new or familiar people and objects with curiosity, they react with fearfulness. Anything that frightens them at this age may have a lasting impact so take care that the baby isn’t overstimulated with too many changes or challenges at one time. That doesn’t mean your pup will grow up to be a scaredy-cat; it’s simply a normal part of development where pups learn to be more cautious. Careful socialization during this period helps counter fear reactions.

However, they will be better adjusted and make better pets by staying and interacting with littermates and the Mom-dog until they are at least eight weeks old–older generally is better. Interacting with siblings and Mom help teach bite inhibition, how to understand and react to normal canine communication, and their place in doggy society. Puppies tend to make transitions from one environment to another more easily at this age, too.

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6 month old Whippet.

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Pudgy Pooches & Tubby Tabbies: How to Slim Down Fat Pets

Do you live with fat pets? Or maybe you struggle with your weight, like me. A couple of my friends look terrific after they’ve recently lost weight. I found it. *sigh* The problem also affects fat pets, and at my house, that’s spelled KARMA-KAT.

It’s not that I don’t know how to eat right, I do. It just takes more thought and planning, and I’ve let a lot of that slide as I tried to meet deadlines. It’s a whole lot easier to stay on top of the pet’s nutrition and waistline than my own.

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This 3 year old Rottweiler is prone to early arthritis and other ailments.

Fat Pets & What To Do

Is your pooch pudgy or fat? Are your cats slim athletes or fat cats? Obesity is defined as exceeding ideal body weight by 20 percent, and today about forty percent of pets are considered overweight. If you can’t feel the pet’s ribs, and/or she has a pendulous or bulging tummy, your pet is too plump. Obesity increases risk for diabetes, and is an aggravating factor in heart problems, arthritis, and skin problems. Puppies are cute when chubby but that puts them at risk as well.

I was fortunate that Magic was a canine athlete. An active canine companion helps humans stay active, too, so now that he’s gone, it’s an extra effort to get exercise. Seren also was always petite and active, even though she ate anything and everything.

Karma-Kat, though, is a picky eater but packs on the pudge. It would take very little for him to become a fat pet. I’ve written about how to slim a fat cat here, but the information works for dogs, too. If you have an overweight fat pet, here are some tips for helping to slim down tubby tabbies and pudgy pooches. Heck, I’m using some of these tips on myself!

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Crash diets with fat cats can lead to deadly fatty liver disease.

How to Slim Your Fat Pets

Curb Snacks. Eliminating or reducing treats easily cuts calories. Instead, reserve part of the pet’s regular diet—a handful of kibble, for instance. Keep it handy to dispense as “treats” when your dog pesters, or reward with attention, not treats. In my case, I’ve got some fresh cut veggies prepared ahead. Now, if celery came with chocolate chips, I’d be happier.

Meal Feed. Rather than keeping the bowl full for all day nibbling, switch to meal feeding measured amounts. Divide the daily food allotment into four or even five small meals keep her from feeling deprived. Multiple small meals increase the body’s metabolic rate, so she burns more calories faster. (Hey, this works for me, too, when I can manage to do it.) Karma-Kat now is fed 5 times a day, and must HUNT for his meals. Read all about this hunting feeding system here.

Offer Diet Foods. Reducing diets typically replace fat in the food with indigestible fiber, dilute calories with water, or “puff up” the product with air. “Senior” diets typically have fewer calories, so switching older pets to an age-appropriate formula helps. “Lite” diets aren’t magical and only mean the food has less calories than the same brand’s “regular” food—it might have more calories than another company’s food. Some pets eat more of the diet food to make up for lost calories, so you still have to measure the meals. Be sure to check with your vet before deciding to make major nutrition changes, though. Cats don’t do “crash diets” well and can get very sick with a liver condition (hepatic lipidosis) that can kill.

leash train catsGo For A Walk.  Make twice-daily 20 minute exercise part of your routine. Cats won’t power walk, but a slow to moderate stroll at the end of the leash once or twice a day around the house or garden will help burn energy. Just the excitement of getting “suited up” with a halter burns calories for some kitties. Check out this post on how to leash train cats.

Create A Treasure Hunt. Put food at the top or bottom of the staircase, or on a cat tree so kitty has to get off her pudgy nether regions to eat. If she can’t manage stairs or leaps, put the bowl on a chair and provide a ramp up so he’s burning a few calories. That’s what we do now with Karma’s “mousie meals.” Setting the bowl across the house from the dog or cat’s bed also forces them to move. Use commercial treat balls, puzzle toys like Kongs or interactive feeders and place meals inside so the pet has to work to get out the food. For pets that eat canned foods, there are also refrigerated feeders or insulated bowls that help keep it fresh.

How do you handle your pudgy fat pets? Does he or she eat a special diet, or do you try to increase exercise in some way? What tricks work for your clowder, please share! Obesity impacts more than looks. It’s also a longevity issue. Slim dogs and cats live up to two years longer than overweight pets.

I wonder if they make “puzzle toy feeders” for humans?

 

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Cold Weather Pet Protection

Cold weather pet protection becomes more important this time of year. Here in North Texas we got just a sprinkling of snow so far but temps of 25 degrees (and less) with wind chill can make it uncomfortable for our dogs and cats. It can also be downright dangerous, especially for pets that spend any amount of time outside, like feral cats or stray dogs. House pets used to warm indoor temps need extra help, too.

COLD WEATHER PET PROTECTION

Here in Texas, the weather stays HOT HOT HOT well into November and December. Now it’s the first week of January, and it’s starting to cool down a smidge. For cats and dogs that will spend a lot of time outside during the cold winter months, it’s important to get ’em ready now.

It takes time for that winter coat to grow. And it’s not fair to the dog to expect him to “get hairy” overnight when the first frost freezes. The video below, from a past KXII-TV pet talk, still has good information with suggestions and cautions for prepping pets for the colder weather to come.

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Thickly furred dogs like the Chow have more cold weather protection.

How do you get your dogs ready? Magical-Dawg always loved cold weather, and would stay out in the wind and wet if we’d let him. Karma-Kat, on the other paw, has a very good idea about how to stay comfy and already have the warmest spots staked out for snoozing in sunny puddles on the carpet. Or under the stained glass lampshades.

Yesterday, Karma dashed out the front door when I took down the Christmas wreath. PANIC! But since it was icy-cold on his paw-pads, it took less than 10 seconds for Karma to get a clue, and dash back inside.

Feral cats and community cats (those who roam neighborhoods without one special family) don’t have that luxury. They need extra help. Many of the tips, below, work equally well for creating safe outdoor spots for your dogs, too.

cold weather cat dangersCOLD WEATHER PET PRODUCTION FOR CATS

I wrote about keeping outdoor cats safe on this blog, and received lots of comments here and on Facebook. That discussion had more to do with choosing whether or not to allow cats out. But what if you have strays that refuse to come inside, or a feral colony you care for?

My colleague Louise Holton of Alley Cat Rescue shared some PAW-some tips with our Cat Writers Association group and gave me permission to also share it here. What are some other ways to help keep kitty safe? Many of these also apply to keeping outside dogs winterized and safe. Here’s Louise’s suggestions.

OUTDOOR PET SHELTERS

A feeding station will help to keep food and water dry and will help with freezing weather. Bedding should be straw or made of a synthetic fleece material such as that used to make horse saddle covers. Blankets, sheets and towels retain moisture and remain damp and should not be used during winter.
If you are unable to build a shelter, you can use any type of strong box or crate, or buy a dog “igloo” from your pet supply company. The styrofoam ice chests work great for cat shelters, with thick walls that provide some insulation.
Mylar insulation is made of polyester and aluminum that reflects radiant heat. It is used to keep houses cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This type of insulation is normally used in attics and is a perfect material to use to insulate outdoor cat shelters.

TIPS FOR WINTERIZING FERAL CAT COLONIES & COMMUNITY CATS

  • You should insulate the shelter with thick plastic or other material such as Mylar mentioned above to keep out wind and cold.
  • You could buy a dog house and modify it, blocking off part of the larger opening to make it smaller and therefore warmer inside for the cats.
  • Size should be approximately 3’ x 3 ’ and 2′ high.
  • Cats will cuddle together inside for warmth.
  • Build enough shelters so that around 6 cats can stay in each one.
  • Use straw for the bedding NOT HAY or blankets or towels.
  • It is safer to have 2 small openings for the cats to enter and be able to get away if danger presents itself. Put the openings on the side of the shelter that is protected from the wind. Two openings will give a chance at escape should a pesky raccoon for instance or any other animal try to enter the shelter.
  • Raise the shelter off the ground by placing it securely on bricks or on a wooden pallet. If left on the ground it will retain moisture and will rot.
  • Clean shelters each spring and autumn by replacing the bedding with fresh straw.

     

COLD WEATHER PET PROTECTION & PREPARATION

This is an older clip from my Pet Talk segment, but the information still applies. How do YOU keep your furry wonders safe in this BRRRRRRRRRRRR frigid weather? Do tell!

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New Year Pet Goals: Focus On The Future

New Year pet goals are here, in time for 2018! Like last year, I resolved to NOT make new year resolutions. Rather than an end-accomplishment, I’d rather strive for the destination but try to enjoy the journey along the way. In my experience, some of the side-roads along the journey prove to be as much if not more rewarding than the final accomplishment. How about you?

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LOOKING BACK FOR NEW YEAR PET GOALS

A new year is a time for reflection on the past. This year has been incredibly challenging for my family on multiple fronts—more about that in future columns. I’m in the process of reevaluating many things. But I’m also grateful for all of our blessings, and for the opportunity to share my work with other pet-loving peeps. I actually exceeded my 2017 New Year pet goals and hopefully, will do as well (or better?) for the coming year.

hardcover pet booksThis year, I released hardcover editions of five books. Already available in Ebook versions and paperback, now libraries and others who relish hardcover reference books can get COMPLETE KITTEN CARE, COMPLETE PUPPY CARE, CAT FACTS, DOG FACTS, and NEW CHOICES IN NATURAL HEALING FOR DOGS AND CATS. All five were released last month, so they’re hot-off-the-urry-press (so to speak).

Last August, a new Quick Tips guide was released for all the dog lovers out there: MY DOG HATES MY VET! Foiling Fear Before, During & After Vet Visits is designed to take the fear out of health care visits.

You can check out all the CAT BOOKS HERE.

And you can check out all the DOG BOOKS HERE.

So for 2018, my new year pet goals are to add several more Quick Tips guides. Who knows, once a bunch are done, that may be enough for a box set or even a bigger nonfiction pet book.

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PAST FICTION & MORE NEW YEAR PET GOALS

For binge-readers, the box set of my first three pet-centric thrillers was released in both Ebook and print. The Ebook version of THE SEPTEMBER DAY BOX SET, usually $8.99, is on sale temporarily for only 99-cents, for the holidays! Also, I’m in the process of writing the 4th book in the series, HIT AND RUN, which will answer reader’s requests for “more cat-centric stuff.” 🙂 That’s the first of my fiction New Year pet goals of the year. My second is to edit and release the first book in a new pet thriller series, with a new twist. Stay tuned!

Last May, the second of the Keiki & Lia Thrillers was released. TRAINED TO SERVE, A Keiki & Lia Thriller (Lei Crime Kindle Worlds) is a novella told from the viewpoint of a six-month-old future police dog, and the baby Rottweiler’s trainer. (The first one, BORN TO LOVE, began when Keiki was a puppy.) I had a ball writing this, and at least one more novella in the series is planned. There’s another writing goal!

PAST & FUTURE THESPIAN GOALS

Many of you know that I’m also a playwright and composer (and performer). Last year I got to play cello in orchestras or sing onstage for various productions in the community, including Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Grand Night for Singing, and Jesus Christ Superstar. For the third year, I also got to teach at the Texas Thespian Festival.

My co-writer Frank Steele and I also completed our next musical theater script and score, STARZ, THE MUSICAL. It will be performed in April 2018 at The Rialto Theater in Denison, with open auditions scheduled for early February.

Read more details here!

FURRY INSPIRATION

None of this would be possible without my furry muses.  It’s become a tradition to take stock of the past year from a pets’-eye-view, too, and the year to come.

As readers know, we lost our Magical-dawg last September at age 11, and then in December Seren-Kitty left us just shy of her 22nd birthday. We lost Magic’s breeder, a dear friend, last week after a years-long battle with cancer, and will be eternally grateful for the gift of Gillian Salling’s friendship and expertise. They all live on in our hearts, and continue to inspire my writing with memories of kind council, and wagging, purring presence.

Karma now is an “only pet.” He’s a hefty man-kat eager for a game of tag, chase and treats. He’s my nighttime pillow-share buddy, and was best friends with Magic and Seren’s pain-in-the-assets little brother. He keeps us humans laughing. So here are New Year Pet Goals from Karma and the spirit of Magic and Seren, with commentary by Amy.

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NEW YEAR PET GOALS…FROM THE PETS

Karma:  “I will train my humans to leave open the treat drawer so I can help myself. And leave the tree-gym up ALL THE TIME!”

Amy: He’s putting my holiday safety tips to the test by climbing the first Christmas tree we’ve put up in years. Read about that here (with a fun video!). We’ve had to put an extra door stop on the pantry door to keep him from opening it and chewing through food packaging. Any treats must be kept behind doors or in drawers or he carries off the packaging and empties the bag. He learned the “treat” word from his buddy Magic, so we must spell things sometimes, just like with little kids. So another new year pet goals is to continue offering Karma cat-healthy meals in “mouse-puzzle” portions he must play with to garner each meal.

Magic used to love wandering the fields.

Magical-Spirit: “I will remind my humans daily to cherish each joy, and remember me with smiles.”

Amy: He loved fetch clear up to his last day with us, and found joy in every sniff, sound, treat, touch or game. We’re still finding his toys hidden under furniture or in unlikely places. I take it as a message to us to lighten up… So my new year pet goals include being more like Magic and pay attention to everyday miracles of the touch of soft fur, smell of rain in the wind in my face, to find music in every brash or quiet sound, relish each taste whether tears or treats, and open my eyes to every glorious sunrise, storm cloud and rainbow in my life.

Karma: “I will stalk and tease and pounce on Amy’s feet, play “gravity experiments” on table tops, steal socks and rattle window blinds, paw-dig at the TV screen, and turn my humans into play-buddies so they chase me, what fun!”

Amy: Karma misses his tag-chase games with his best friend, and slept with Magic’s collar for two weeks after his passing. He loved pestering Seren, but toward the last weeks, became her care-taker by grooming his tiny cat-friend when she wasn’t able. I know Karma misses his pet-friends, and has become more snuggly but also demanding at times. It’s his (and our) new normal. More new year pet goals are to play interactive chase games with Karma each day to give him the exercise, attention and fun he craves and deserves. And perhaps, in the not-too-distant-future, find a new furry companion for us all to love.

Seren-Spirit: “I will remind my humans to ignore pesky aggravations like cat-brothers, stare down intimidating challenges (even if they’re 15 times your size like Magic), and find a sunny place in every situation.”

Amy: She remained in charge, the Queen of the house, to her last breath. A bit of a curmudgeon despite her tiny size, Seren ran our house and hearts with a benevolent paw. She never let arthritis stand in the way of a smidge of chicken, constantly reminded Karma who held the sharpest claws, and taught Magic—and her humans—what aging gracefully means. My new year pet goals include living like Seren, focusing on goals rather than roadblocks, stop complaining about age (not everyone gets the blessing of a long life), and giving myself permission to turn off work and take a sun-puddle nap.

Karma: “I will train Amy there’s more to nine lives than paw-tapping and staring at a boxy computer-thing. Like catnip. And whisker-kisses. And I will train Amy that playing with cats is more fun than anything else. AND I will train Amy that there’s no such thing as too many treats. But time together is even better.”

Amy: My ultimate New Year pet goals are to listen to my furry muses. What about you?

 

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